Although he tasted the sweet flavour of success after his first big hit Vicky Donor, after 3 back-to-back flops Ayushmann Khurrana planned on singing, dancing at birthday parties as a backup for his failure. The Chandigarh boy with a charming smile had almost given up on his dreams after the massive failure of Nautanki Saala, Bewakoofiyan and Hawaizaada. But boy, are we glad he didn’t pack his bags and left the city of dreams Mumbai.
With more than a billion people and a sizeable chunk of them aspiring to make it big in the Bollywood film industry, hard work and efforts need the twist of luck and fate. Several thousands of people make their way to the city that never sleeps and work hard to get a few minutes on the big screen, and yet, leave Mumbai dejected as whole.
Appearing on Arbaaz Khan’s talk show Pinch
Ayushmann Khurrana, an actor known to play an ordinary guy amid social turmoil, too was one such dreamer. Recently, the 36-year-old actor made an appearance on Arbaaz Khan’s interview show – Pinch. Spilling some beans on his struggling days, Khurrana shared how he was prepared to move back to his Chandigarh home when he had given 3 back-to-back flops.
Khurrana’s Autobiography – ‘Cracking the Code’
Khurrana gave an account of his failure while he was asked to read some negative reviews of his own autobiographical memoir Cracking the Code: My Journey in Bollywood. The book was released in 2015 and received some negative reviews by people who claimed that it was too soon for Khurrana to publish an autobiographical memoir.
“My audience had already written me off. I had time to write, so I wrote”
He countered the negative review with a smile and said-
“After my first film, I starred in 3-back-to-back flops. My audience had already written me off and I was planning to pack my bags and go back to Chandigarh. I was going through a kind of phase where I had enough time to write, so I wrote the book.”
“I’ll sing on birthdays, dance, entertain if my films don’t work”
“It was a phase where nothing was working at that time. I had to do something to make it work. I was also the lead of the band I had formed which was called Ayushmann Bhava, and I used to do concerts. So I always thought that even if my films don’t work, I’ll sing on birthdays, I’ll dance, I’ll entertain somehow.”
“I think you need to think out different things to make it work somehow.”
Ayushmann Khurrana On Negative Comments and Trolling
The winner of the second edition of MTV Roadies was also asked by Arbaaz whether negative comments hurt and affect him, to which he replied-
“Till the positive comments overpower the negative ones, it’s all okay. The day when the negative comments overshadow positive ones, that day it may hurt.”
What ‘Pinches’ Ayushmann Khurrana?
Pinch host Arbaaz also asked Khurrana what pinches him the most about social media, to which he said when people target his family based on the characters he plays in films.
“You have the right to like or dislike a character or a film, but it pinches when someone comments on my family,”
-the Bala actor said.
After establishing himself as an a VJ on MTV, Khurrana’s first big break came in his debut film ‘Vicky Donor’. Since then, Khurrana has done several drama films with a social message embedded within it. This includes Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan, Badhaai ho, Article 15 and more. His performance of a blind pianist in Andhadhun was widely lauded and he won the National Film Award and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.